Tri-county leaders provide updates on Hurricane Florence preparations

Hurricane Central

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Tri-county leaders provide updates on Hurricane Florence preparations before a potential impact.

Officials with the City of Charleston state that citizens should not call 9-1-1 for hurricane questions but should call the Charleston County Information Center at 843-746-3900. Bridges will not close during a hurricane but officials did state that two conditions will be issued by law enforcement officials.

Condition Yellow

  • 30 mph winds
  • Advising high profile vehicles to stay off bridges

Condition Red

  • 40 mph winds
  • Advise no one drives on the bridges

South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Bob stated that the I-26 lane reversal will end tonight. Authorities will be putting lanes back to normal beginning at 6 p.m., and will take time to complete. Authorities added that US 501 is currently in the process of going back to true lanes and that process began at noon today.

Residents are advised to stay in, if they are not evacuating, according to Mayor Summey of North Charleston. Emergency personnel are stationed throughout the counties and a total of 50,000 sandbags have been handed out, according to Mayor Tecklenburg.

Jay Byars with the Dorchester County Council stated that they have the ability to open two more shelters if needed. Officials also stated that they have a pet friendly shelter. If you bring a pet to a shelter you need to bring items to care for your pet. Officials state that you may be without power for extended period of time following the potential impact of Hurricane Florence.

Emergency responders will not be on the road with winds over 39 mph, according to officials.

Call DHEC at 1-800-578-2031 if you need more information on the special medical needs shelter in Berkeley County. Officials state that 135,000 sandbags were given out thus far.

If you need transportation to shelter call 843-719-4800 in Berkeley County.

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